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GD309 - Debt, Money, and Global Sustainable Development

  • Module code: GD309
  • Module name: Debt, Money, and Global Sustainable Development
  • Department: Global Sustainable Development
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Debt, money, and financial markets are increasingly central to the prospects of and challenges for global sustainable development, both on a global scale and in terms of individual relations of poverty. Financial markets, however, are often presented as a highly complex and technical subject best left to the ‘experts’. The primary aim of this module is to help de-mystify the roles that money, debt, and finance play in processes of sustainable development. The module emphasises the impacts of monetary and financial systems and relations of credit and indebtedness on the everyday lives of people in the global south and on possibilities for sustainable development. In doing so, the module seeks to help students develop nuanced and critical perspectives on the ways in which money and financial markets impact on poverty, poverty reduction, and development.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to demonstrate: 1) A nuanced understanding of the ways in which debt, money, and financial markets create and constrain possibilities for sustainable development 2) An understanding of the social, cultural, and political implications of ‘technical’ questions in global finance 3) A thorough understanding of, and ability to apply, cross-disciplinary theoretical and conceptual perspectives on debt, money, and finance 4) An ability to think critically about key contemporary debates about the role of money, debt, and finance in sustainable development 5) The research skills necessary to develop an informed and insightful analysis of a particular case study relevant to the module 6) Strong writing and communication skills, particularly an ability to present research clearly and concisely, as well as engage constructively with peers’ research

Timetabled teaching activities

10 x 1 hour lectures 10 x 1 hour seminars 1 x Mini-conference (5 hours)

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Other essential notes

Available at 15 CATS only to Global Sustainable Development (GSD) students in Term 1. Available to students outside GSD upon application.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: GD309-15)
A (Assessed work only) Mini-conference Presentation 20%
  Mini-conference Discussant 15%
  Research Paper Proposal (500 words) 15%
  Research Paper (3000 words) 50%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (visiting/exchange students) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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